The Long Beach Sailing Foundation was formed in 1991 to own, manage and maintain the Catalina 37 fleet, donated by Frank Butler, the president of Catalina Yachts. The Sailing Foundation maintains the boats to an identical standard in all performance-related areas: weight, equipment, rig tuning and sails. This is possible through the tremendous efforts of dedicated board member volunteers, contractors and supporters like Catalina Yachts and Sampson Rope Technologies, who are all key to helping us fulfill our mission.
The Catalina 37s, known by most as "the 37s", have been the boats for the Long Beach Yacht Club's iconic event, Congressional Cup, for more than 25 years. Over the years they have also become the platform for LBYC's extensive match racing program - Ficker Cup, Mayors Cup, California Dreaming Series and Butler Cup. The Sailing Foundation makes the fleet available for a number of other events throughout the year - Harbor Cup Invitational Intercollegiate Regatta, Long Beach Race Week and the Linda Elias Memorial Women's One Design Challenge, to name a few.
However, that is only part of the Sailing Foundation's story. Throughout the year the Sailing Foundation, working with many partners, undertakes activities that promote national and international amateur sailing, maritime education and community outreach. The Foundation’s focus is to be a part of the “future” of amateur sailing and a valued community partner.